What Would You Like to See in Sim Racing Esports?

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With the growth in popularity over the last few years, sim racing has also seen the rise of its own esports scene. While many flock to the streams and live events to see the biggest teams and drivers compete on virtual racing tracks, others do not find it as appealing. We want to know: What would you like to see in sim racing esports?

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Most esports competitions in sim racing seem to focus on a single category, that being GT3 - which makes sense considering the numerous competitions that field cars of this class around the globe. For sim racing esports, this means that drivers are competing with modern cars that feature traction control, ABS and usually a Balance of Performance that should ensure relatively even competition.

There are options out there, it seems, with the F1 Esports series being a well-known one. Other vehicles do see use in iRacing Special Events, for example, leading to top-flight esports teams fielding LMDh cars or others. There are esports leagues out there that focus on multi-class racing, too, such as the 24H Series Esports, which also features GT4 and TCR cars. VCO also organizes events that focus on variety to break the mould.

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All of this might change with the influx of prototype vehicles from the LMH and LMDh classes, new sims being developed, or just simply shifts in general popularity of racing classes. Meanwhile, presentation and production values of live streams of the top-flight esports competitions have become extremely professional, sometimes even equaling or exceeding broadcasts of real races thanks to the added possibility of having camera access to every inch of every car and the track they are racing on.

What Are You Interested In?​

We are curious, though: What would you like to see in sim racing esports? Different classes? Certain circuits? Vintage content to have esports racers slide classic cars around using an H-shifter? What would make you interested in watching an esports event? What are the current issues that keep you from watching? What keeps you getting drawn back in if you are an avid watcher of esports events? Let us know in the comments below!
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I would like to see the older sims like GTR2 in esports. They do it with CSGO and other older games I guess so I don't know why not the "retro" racing sims. But tbh I don't watch any esports but I think I would watch an older sim' esport as I tend to watch the youtube channels that cover them.
 
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No corporate junk, decent quality broadcast and crew, no in game TV cameras (far too static) and high quality picture and sound. And a decent server security/stability...
One make series for better racing, watching someone run off into the distance is twice as boring than real life.
Live stream from the drivers rig whenever his or her car is displayed on broadcast.
 
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- no Saudi money
- less teams ran by real life drivers (current or past) trying to line their pockets through abusive contracts
- more legal scrutiny (notably regarding working statuses and harassment)
- more teams ran by people actually passionate about the sport
- less sucking up to real life motorsport, its governing bodies (like the FIA and SRO) and to manufacturers
- less toxicity and high school grade pissing contests
- more inclusivity and accessibility

Once all that has been fixed we can start talking about what we're racing with. Until then it's a pretty pointless wishlist game because these things ensure simracing esports never goes beyond being a money laundering operation for a few organizations.
 
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It's so utterly boring currently because they cling to the limitations of real life racing whilst they should embrace the ability to run the Lotus 49 at Le Mans if they wish. Make it interesting, have some good directing because you can do so much more interesting shots then IRL but alas, it's all very vanilla.

Why would I watch GT3 Esports when I can watch the real thing on a weekly basis, often run concurrently. Show me Group C's having a go at Donnington in a thunderstorm or something like that!
 
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Preferably no Simracing eSports at all. Heck even no eSports at all for the whole gaming scene. It's one of the reasons gaming has been gone commercial and being ruined. I don't want Simracing to be ruined as well. I want it to stay niche, meanwhile software and hardware innovations take place.
 
Nothing. Esports is just a (failed) promotion tool for various entities, which has no bearing in simracing as a hobby. It will never be as good as real life, and if they "arcade it", it will never be as good as watching other esports with games that lend themselves a lot better to it.

And let's not even talk about the rampant cheating.

Esports wih racing games will just not happen.
 
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Nothing. Esports is just a (failed) promotion tool for various entities, which has no bearing in simracing as a hobby. It will never be as good as real life, and if they "arcade it", it will never be as good as watching other esports with games that lend themselves a lot better to it.

And let's not even talk about the rampant cheating.

Esports wih racing games will just not happen.
Your description could also apply to real Motorsports. “A promotion tool”
 
More divisions in which competitions can be run.
So that not only the top riders can ride a competition, but also lesser riders who can have a competition at their own level.
And then preferably in multiple sims than just in ACC
 

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